A witness has reported that the young man shot and killed by Hamilton police on April 3, 2018, was a 19-year-old. According to the witness, who lives in the neighborhood where the killing occurred, someone called 911 asking for help but when police arrived the victim was chased by officers. The witness says that they saw police attempt to deploy a taser and when that failed they shot the victim three times, including in the face. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation has since confirmed the victim’s age as 19. Few other details have been released publicly.
The killing occurred near a townhouse complex on the west side of Hamilton Mountain at around 3:30 PM. Two officers are reported to have fired their weapons, striking and killing the young man.
The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has assigned five investigators and three forensics specialists to examine the killing. The SIU has identified four witness officers.
The victim was reported to be from the area where police killed him. The witness also reports that the shooting occurred in full view of children who were outside playing hockey at the time.